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Maurice Tyler – Cecil College

It’s been a long time since you sat at a desk, scribbling notes as a professor expounds about anything from grammar to shop math. It may even be your first time at a desk since you were in high school, when time management, paying bills, raising a family and finding a new career were not […]

Matthew Peskay – KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Think of it as a sort of “Shark Tank” for the primary and secondary education set. Teachers and staff come before a board, pitch their product and if the “investors” are excited about it, receive $1,000 to implement it. Down the road, if they meet stated goals, they receive another $500 stipend. And if their […]

Micha Villarreal – Ysleta Independent School District

In one of Thomas Manor Elementary School’s popular common areas, where comfy couches and chairs sit alongside traditional tables, a student runs through a battery of math and science exercises on her Chromebook. Just down the street, at Riverside High School, three sophomores huddle together in social studies class, devices in hand. They’re drafting a […]

Michelle Williams – Lancaster Independent School District

In May of 2015, when it came time for Texas’ Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) to start the construction of two new elementary schools—and top-to-bottom renovations of two more schools—the first people Michelle Williams needed to talk to weren’t tech vendors or peers from other districts. They weren’t from the mayor’s office or the Texas […]

Marlo Gaddis – Wake County Public School System

There are times when hope for a better tomorrow seems to abound as Marlo Gaddis observes what even the youngest students can create with technology in the public schools of Wake County in the middle of North Carolina. For example, during this past academic year Gaddis, the district’s interim chief technology officer since November, watched […]

M. Dee Childs – Texas A&M University

Studying philosophy years ago, as an undergrad at Indiana University Bloomington had its moments, M. Dee Childs recalls. Only not enough reason for her to earn a doctorate in the subject. “I realized I could never compete intellectually with history’s great classical minds, and eventually I found I just wasn’t interested in spending my life […]

Mark Leinwetter–MidAmerica Nazarene University

For most university IT departments, the days of simply maintaining servers and troubleshooting hardware problems have been replaced by a considerably more demanding docket: Streamlining resources, collaborating with business and academic departments, securing data and widening access to a growing array of tools and technologies. That would be a full enough plate for just about […]

Mike Evans – Forsyth County Schools

On the wall of every K-12 classroom in Forsyth County, Georgia, is a display of the school district’s Learner Profile, which outlines the attributes it expects every single student to possess by the time they graduate high school. The document is likely what you’d expect from a modern learning institution, and the same can be […]

Mobile County Public Schools

At the Las Vegas International Technology Operations Conference in 2015, David Akridge found himself at a presentation on Cisco’s Digital Ceiling, a Power over Ethernet (PoE) network that connects a building’s systems for HVAC, security and lighting. As CIO for Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama, Akridge was immediately hooked on the technology, especially the […]

Michelle Murphy — Coachella Valley Unified School District

In the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, California, the Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is one of the poorest school districts in the country. Home to nearly 20,000 students, CVUSD covers a 1,250-mile range. Many students in the low-income region still do not have internet access at home, let alone personal devices. In the […]

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